来源：网络 作者：东方 发布时间：2019-04-08
Japanese electronics giant Murata is working on a wearable wristband that will provide an alternative to carrying a smartphone and show how many BW$ the wearer has earned.
A digital crypto-currency has launched that is generated by human movement.
Shoe manufacturers are poised to accept the currency, and a UK high street bank is in talks to partner with the project at one of the UKs biggest music festivals next year.
It is still not clear how a currency that appears to be so easy for users to produce could maintain its value, nor if the initial funding for the scheme will be sufficient to sustain it in the initial period while confidence in its value is being built up.
The founders of the project, Nissan Bahar and Franky Imbesi have attracted more than $10m of initial funding from mainly Japanese investors to help launch the currency and create the bank that verifies steps and any transfers.
Bitwalking dollars will be earned by walking, unlike other digital currencies such as Bitcoins that are mined by computers.
A phone application counts and verifies users steps, with walkers earning approximately 1 BW$ for about 10,000 steps about five miles.
In developed nations the average person would earn around 15 BW$ a month, but it is hoped that in poorer countries where people have to walk further for work, school, or simply to collect water, the Bitwalking scheme could help transform lives.
In the future, employers may be invited to take part in a scheme that would be offered to their employees to encourage them to stay fitter, with the currency they earn converted and then paid alongside their salaries.
The global scheme plans to partner with sportswear brands, health services, health insurance firms, environmental groups, and potentially advertisers who could be offered unique insights into the audiences they are targeting.
Initially, users will be given the chance to spend what they earn in an online store, or trade them for cash.
The idea of Bitwalking is to take advantage of the trend for fitness trackers by offering an additional incentive to keep fit.
The Go! app for iOS and Android devices will initially be offered to a handful of countries, including the UK, Japan, Malawi, and Kenya, to give the organisers a chance to iron out any difficulties before other countries come on board.